Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ new headquarters in New Jersey, US, now has the largest PV skylight in the world, a PV double skylight measuring 27,500 sq.ft., installed by the US subsidiary of Spanish company Onyx Solar.
The skylight will enable the firm to generate free and clean electricity from the sun, equivalent to the lighting of more than 600 houses, while providing the building with cutting edge technology that will turn it into an international reference for innovation, efficiency and sustainability.
The PV skylight is comprised of 820 units of PV glass modules in large format incorporating photovoltaic crystalline perforated solar cells, which made the manufacturing process more complex due to the higher fragility of the cells. On the other hand, such solar cells allow a more homogeneous natural light transmission through the building, enhancing its interior lighting, which is key for any office space.
The execution of the project was especially demanding due to the complexity of the skylight system, which had to be movable (open and close) for maintenance purposes.